Product Type: Boots No.7 makeup
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Boots No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick
Member Name: Dryad
Boots No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick
Advantages: A nice well pigmented lipstick with spf.
Disadvantages: Too expensive for what it is. Not moisturising enough for the claims.
I've always been keen on lip products and loved lipstick since I was a little girl..not always to use on my lips as my mothers walls will testify. Now I'm (debateably) a grown up I still love my lippy and buy from a huge range of brands from the cheapest to the more expensive. The pricey ones I always source from websites offering reduced prices or discount shops these days - unless there is a fabulous deal on somewhere. I was shocked when I started to write this review and checked on the price of the Boots Moisture Drench lipstick that it was £10! I can only think I bought it using a £5 off no 7 voucher, (at time of writing selected No 7 items are on 3 for 2 offer). In my opinion this price point takes it into the luxury end of the price spectrum, and I've paid less than that for Urban Decay and Elizabeth Arden amongst others (from Directcosmetics). Is it worth £10? Well to cut a long story short no! Not in my opinion, it's a perfectly adequate lipstick, but it's not special. I'll go into a little more detail
This lipstick is fragrance free, and indeed I'm not aware of any obvious scent either in the bullet or on my lips. It's also hypo-allergenic and has an spf of 15. I don't often get an allergic reaction to lipstick and this is no exception.
The colour range is excellent (22 colours) so it shouldn't be too difficult to find something to please most people.
The packaging of the lipstick is as the Dooyoo picture and is the most disappointing thing about this product for me. I quite like the way the lipstick case curves and isn't a straight up and down stick, and black packaging is always a classy and safe option. However I've had the lipstick for a little while now and pretty quickly after purchase the lid lost it's 'click' and comes off quite easily in my make up bag, this means that I now rarely use the lipstick as I can't carry it with me for top ups without risking a huge mess in my bag. I would expect better for a higher price lipstick. Having said that the mechanism still works very well and the lipstick glides up and down easily, nor has the case cracked or chipped which happens all to often with all sorts of price point lipsticks. The casing does feel quite light and cheap though and again I would have expected a lot better for the price of the product.
The lipstick bullet is a traditional rounded shape with the tip chamfered at an angle, and has a very subtle satin sheen to the actual stick. The bullet feels solid in the casing and shows no sign of 'wobble' after over a year of intermittent use.
On application this to me doesn't feel like a 'moisture drench' I have used Maybeline and Yves St Laurent's moisturising lipsticks amongst others and they felt instantly cooling and moist. The No 7 does glide on very nicely, and there is a creaminess rather than 'wet' moisture feel. When I bought the lipstick it was because I liked the colour and didn't notice that it was a 'moisture drench' lipstick. If I hadn't checked the label later I would have just assumed it was a nice creamy formula as for me there is nothing about the lipstick that would make it obvious that it was more moisturising than other quality rich formulations. The finish has a nice sheen which is more of a satin than a gloss finish.
The colour is lovely and the pigment saturation is excellent. My lips have a lot of natural colour so for a lipstick to look 'true' it has to be able to either cover this up to a certain extent, or be applied over a primer. I never use primer on my lips and this lipstick still givea a good coloure, which doesn't change during wear, other than to fade. The name of the colour I own has worn off the label, but the number is 30. In the bullet it's quite a vivid dusky pink but on my lips it gives a nice natural look.
The creaminess of the lipstick makes for fairly thick application and I am quite aware of the lipstick on my lips, I don't usually blot but with this I do feel the need to, I do reapply another layer for extra longevity but with a very light hand. It's not a light weight formulation but during wear I do become less conscious of the feeling. This lipstick does transfer but I tend to be careful when eating and drinking automatically when wearing lipstick so am quite good at avoiding transfer even if the lipstick isn't.
I honestly don't find the lipstick very long lasting and even without licking my lips unduly or eating and drinking anything (I tested this a few times today to remind my self of longevity) I find it needs application again after an hour or two to keep the colour visible and fresh. It does fade evenly though becoming more subtle all over rather than leaving a 'ring' of colour around the perimeter of my lips. This effect is more pronounced with darker colours though and as I haven't tried these shades I can't say whether it is an issue with some of the colour range.
This is a good fairly hard-working lipstick that is great for every day use, although I didn't expect this to be as moisturising as a lip balm I didn't feel it lived up to it's 'moisture drench' name and I did expect it to be a little more nourishing than it was. However it did not dry my lips out which can be an issue with some lipsticks, and they felt as soft and pliable when the lipstick came off as when it went on. However I have used other moisturising lipsticks which live up to the name better and didn't cost as much.
I did not need to use any special make up remover for the lipstick as by the time I came to cleanse my face the lipstick had worn off anyway. This is not a negative simply a matter of the last application being many hours before my night time cleansing routine.
All in all for me this is a nice lipstick which has some lovely colour options and it does feel nice on the lips, but in my opinion taking into account the over all quality including the case it is not ten pounds worth. I would never consider buying this at full price but if I had another voucher (or the price dropped fairly significantly) and there was a colour I particularly liked I might go for it.
I would have given 4 stars as this is a nice lipstick, and only taken one off for the price and casing issue, however I've taken another one off because I feel the name 'Moisture Drench' is too misleading.
Summary: A very nice lipstick that could do with a price cut and a more honest name.